Death flight to the West

On the night of 8 March 1989, engineer Winfried Freudenberg and his wife wanted to try to fly over the Berlin Wall with the help of a homemade balloon. They drove to a gas regulator station in Berlin-Blankenburg and filled the balloon with natural gas. A passer-by alerted the police. When the police approached, the husband took off alone on an errant flight of several hours at an altitude of thousands of metres over West Berlin, which ended fatally in Zehlendorf. Eight months later, he could have travelled there unmolested on the S-Bahn. The author Caroline Labusch has written a book about the tragic case of the last man to die at the Berlin Wall and turned it into a radio play, which will be presented this evening.

Presentation of the radio play
Caroline Labusch, author, Berlin

BZ magazine cover with the title »The ballon death«

21 September 2022, 18 Uhr

Konferenzraum DDR Museum
Sankt Wolfgang-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Here you can see the location.

The event will take place in German.

The event will be broadcast on the DDR Museum YouTube channel. Click here to participate digitally.